Govt lying about textbook delivery - Cope

2013-02-12 16:00

Johannesburg - The basic education department is lying about the state of textbook delivery in Limpopo schools, the Congress of the People said on Tuesday.

"[Basic education spokesperson] Panyaza Lesufi has lied to the public and we are calling on him to apologise and retract his statement," Cope spokesperson in the province Motlatjo Thetjeng said in a statement.

Thetjeng said a sizeable number of schools had not yet received textbooks.

On Monday, Lesufi told reporters in Pretoria there was no school that had not received textbooks in Limpopo.

"Most of the secondary schools in the province [are] experiencing a shortage of textbooks in mathematics [and] physical science, while most primary schools are without textbooks in English and technology education," Thetjeng said.

Tangible proof

On Tuesday, Lesufi denied the allegation and said the department would not retract its statement on textbooks delivery.

"The chairperson of the principals' association in Limpopo has accepted our statement that textbooks were delivered in Limpopo. We have given tangible proof to journalists of all delivery notes to schools," he said.

The delivery of textbooks stood at 100% and the delivery of workbooks was at 97.8%.

During Monday's press conference, Lesufi called on the Democratic Alliance to apologise for discrediting the integrity of the basic education department and minister Angie Motshekga.

The party had claimed some schools had not yet received texbooks.

Lesufi said that at this time last year, no schools in Limpopo had received any books.

"We have made a drastic improvement," he said.

  • gary.bloom.967 - 2013-02-12 16:05

    "Lesufi said that at this time last year, no schools in Limpopo had received any books. "We have made a drastic improvement," he said.".... Really, you're using last years stats as a benchmark?

      anikenvader - 2013-02-12 22:43

      I think they lost the plot completely..! They REALLY think they will get away TWICE with this..! As about zimpopo, there TRULY is a river called Denial that runs through it... ....wait I hear them saying they were "quoted out of context", or that they meant the schools in THIS zone, but eish... I don't know anymore...! ....wait I know - it is the apartheid's fault, wait, the whites, yeessss, the whites are too rich and the mines, yesss...! eish..! All these foreigners, hamba, we want our lands...! sob...

  • barry.pointeer - 2013-02-12 16:13

    is anyone surprised?? im not!!!

      D_MAN - 2013-02-13 09:27

      I'm not surprised either. When you have idiots like these running the educated deparment I'm not surprised. They should've all been fired and bags packing. But because the president does not know what he is doing that is why we sit with all these problems

  • MarkH - 2013-02-12 16:23

    Government lie about everything, thought you would know this by now

  • Matodzi Tshedza - 2013-02-12 16:45

    Gov lies about everything. Whatever that guy 's name is ,he is lying through his teeth . They r classes that r running sht of txt books(lik grade 4 and 7 people,i knw that cause my niece r attending those classes)

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-02-12 16:50

    Get the SAB to deliver books!!!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-12 17:07

      And risk my booze delivery?? thank you!

  • Rashida Patel - 2013-02-12 16:52

    Please !! I would believe cope ,than our greedy , cheeting ,lying fat cats in our anc gov

  • kearabetswe.matome - 2013-02-12 17:02

    The tragedy in all this is that it's as if the department think it deserves a 'job well done'. You are SUPPOSED to deliver books on time damn it !

  • solomon.shingange.9 - 2013-02-12 17:15

    I am a teacher at Gija Ngove secondary around Giyani town. My learners are sharing text books, the issues of this school was broadcasted last night and in the morning news bulletin sabc. Over crowded classes wherein some classes are under the trees while waiting for mobile classes. Detp are not telling the truth.

  • modise.moletsane.3 - 2013-02-12 17:22

    Out of nine provinces its always about limpopo,how can other eight provinces every thing went well but not in limpopo.

  • terence.wessels - 2013-02-12 17:29

    Ok summary. Angie is an idiot. The so called goverment always lies. The end. Freak show.

  • juliansplanet - 2013-02-12 17:35

    hahahahahahahahaha is all I can say (dumb people believe everyone is dumber than them)

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-12 17:59

    So where us the anti DA supporters that just yesterday said stuff against what the DA found? Amazing now that COPE is saying what the DA said all along, now people is going to listen. Thank you COPE but thank you DA first

  • uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2013-02-12 18:08

    Again government!!!!!up until?????,said very said,came 2014 can't wait no longer,if u know what I mean!!!!!!!

  • Mnologist - 2013-02-12 18:24

    Government lies all the time, expect more lies and promises on Thursday night. Nevertheless, I don't get this concentrated reporting on Limpopo when this situation could be happening in other provinces as well, just not exposed yet.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-12 18:35

    Our government can swear on there lives and make there lies so believable to the Citizens of SA and the next day there lies are unveiled, when they get caught out then there will be more lies swearing on there lives. If your man or wife cheats on you and you caught them out, will you believe him or her again when lying? We are getting the one lie to the other lie on everything for almost 20 years, how many lies must we except from government before we say, we are finished with your lies Zuma, ANC and government. They want us to respect them but as individuals they don't respect us, as majority they must start to respect us back

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